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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 25 May 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 23 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-638, 8 September 1944, LTjg. Frank Data, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-638 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Palawan Island landings, 1 to 2 March 1945
Visayan Island landings, 2 to 4 and 9 to 10 April 1945
Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 12 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-638 was assigned to Occupation and China Service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|8 September 1945 to 22 May 1946||8 September 1945 to 22 May 1946
Decommissioned, 8 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
USS LST-638 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, destroyed as a target, 15 June 1948
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
limiting 11' 2"
maximum navigation 14' 1"
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,700shp
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||USS LST-638 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 27 May 1945, as Royal Australian Air Force
Signals Units load telephone cable bound for Labuan Island, Borneo.
Australian War Memorial photo # OG2796.
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-638 and USS LST-560 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands
East Indies, 27 May 1945, Royal Australian Air Force Signals Units are loading telephone cable aboard USS LST-638 needed at Labuan Island, Borneo in order to establish vital communication links.
Australian War Memorial, Photo No. OG2795
||Brown Beach, Brunei Bay Borneo, June 10-12, 1945. USS LST-942,
USS LST-637, and the remaining 14 LST's of the Brown Assault Unit offload their men and equipment. LST-942 delivered elements of
the RAAF 4th Airfield Construction Battalion.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Data, Frank, USN||8 September 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Hagard Jr., Luther G., USNR||December 1945 - 7 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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